Trees & Houseplants : Home & Garden
Pests, improper care and diseases may diminish holly tree production.Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty ImagesHolly shrubs are known for their festive red berries and distinctive leaves. According to the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension, over 20 species of holly are native to the...
Texas' various geographical areas promote diverse shrubs and plants.DC Productions/Photodisc/Getty ImagesThe state of Texas is the second-largest state in the union, spanning more than 268,000 square miles. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department divides the state into nine ecological...
Using household products to kill weeds can save you money and keep harmful chemicals away from your family, but you shouldn’t assume that just because a product comes from your kitchen you can use it indiscriminately. Many household products will also kill beneficial plants and damage your soi
Tanacetum is a genus of flowering plants in the aster family. It contains over 150 species, including those with the common names tansy and feverfew. The natural insecticide pyrethrum is obtained from the dried flowers of T. cinerariifolium. Many varieties make wonderful cut flowers or bedding plant
The orchid family is large and varied, with many species and cultivars appropriate for household growing. Different types of orchids require different specific conditions, but all orchids need controlled lighting, temperatures and water. Orchids fail and die in the wrong conditions, and have reputat
Peonies are perennial flowers that require very little care. Peonies grow in full sun, and bloom in the spring, typically around May. Once you have planted your peonies, however, it is important to establish a good watering schedule for them. As with any plant, establishing the correct level of irri
Maize, or corn, is a warm weather crop.Erik Rank/Photodisc/Getty ImagesMaize (Zea mays) is better known in the United States, the United Kingdom and other countries as corn. This crop produces cereal grain and cobs, which can be boiled, steamed or grilled. Maize was domesticated in Mexico...
Hibiscus syriacus, also called the Rose of Sharon or Shrub Althea, is a tree that you can also groom into a shrub. It grows in U.S. Department of Agriculture growing zones 4 through 8. It will grow up to 10 feet tall and 6 feet wide if not groomed. In the summer, the tree blooms large single or doub
Maple trees are threatened by the presence of several types of wood boring beetles that compromise the trees' health and can even kill them.Design Pics/Valueline/Getty ImagesMaple trees abound in Pennsylvania, which is home to some of the largest deciduous forests in the nation. Maple...
Hostas are an attractive addition to shade gardens. These plants, commonly grown from bulbs, are perennials, which means they come back every year. The plants are grown primarily for their foliage, which comes in a variety of shades of green, rather than their flowers, which are often very small. Pl
Your typical houseplant may look like it's just taking up space, but houseplants actually do a great deal to enhance houses -- far more than on an aesthetic level. No matter what size or type you decide to grow, the benefits to growing them are numerous.
Orchids are popular and exotic-looking plants that have an unfortunate reputation for being difficult to grow at home. The truth is that orchids aren't difficult, just specific; when their simple cultivation requirements are met, orchids make hardy, resilient houseplants. Extreme changes in temperat
Watermelons have rather finicky preferences for climate and are susceptible to several pest and disease problems that can cause stunted growth of the vines or fruit. If your vines or melons stop growing in the middle of the season, you'll need to closely inspect the plants and note any additional sy
Most grapes grown for wine are varieties of Vitis vinifera, the grapes widely grown in Europe and imported to American vineyards in California, Oregon and elsewhere. Vitis lubrusca grape vines are native to North America and are used mainly to produce grape juice. Both types of grape vines have roug
Featuring a unique, exotic appearance, the orchid is a prized flowering plant that many gardeners adore. There are more than 25,000 different species of orchids, and most of them are native to tropical locations. Though they may look fragile and sensitive, orchids are actually quite hardy and not di
Mature Leyland cypress can reach heights of 50 feet or more. The tall evergreens are best grown in USDA hardiness zones 6 through 10 and are adaptable to many types of soil. Hardy and fast growing, Leyland cypress are well suited for creating large hedges and windbreaks. Planted alone, a single Leyl
Mulberry is a genus of flowering, temperate climate ornamental trees and shrubs valued for fast growth. Mulberry leaf yellowing and drop is a symptom of disease and nematode infestation. Identifying the cause of the problem and then taking steps for early control and, ultimately, prevention are vita
Bromeliad plants, part of the same family as the pineapple, are beautiful green plants that have leaves growing out from a central stalk. There is normally only one bloom that forms in the center of the bromeliad, and it can last for quite a while, but it does signal the end of the plant's growing c